Hope you’ll hop on over to Martha Stewart Weddings, where we’re talking about hiring wedding vendors with our friend Lindsay of Toast Events!
I had the good fortune of discovering Claire Hill’s work last year at Fraîche, where her Richmond prints are sold (second image from the top). Claire has been an artist for as long as she can remember. After earning a BFA with a concentration in painting, she returned to her hometown of Richmond, where she has focused on producing custom pen & ink architectural drawings, paintings, portraits and custom calligraphy & illustration for weddings. Of her wedding work, Claire says custom invitations with illustrations are her favorite kind of commission because “they are more fun and leave a lot of room for creative freedom!” I just love all of the details Claire incorporates into her work, giving each piece a unmistakable sense of place — the dogwoods, cardinals and architectural elements. And the energy and happiness of her calligraphy is contagious! Thanks for sharing your work, Claire! xo
image #1 cake by maggie austin, photographed by abby jiu for maria & josh’s wedding; #2 wreath via once wed; #3 cookies for megan + will’s wedding photographed by katie stoops; #4 maids with dogwood bouquets photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings magazine; #5 dogwood arrangement photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to look back at this classic green wedding inspiration we designed for Southern Weddings Magazine volume 5, photographed by Katie Stoops. Aren’t the paper details designed by Lettered Olive to die for, with the William Morris-inspired green and blue floral motif? The details make the design! For all the sources, click over here to read more here.
It’s no secret I’m a die hard fan of Chinoiserie (witness: our china pattern). This chinoiserie-inspired party, designed by Nathan Turner and Mary McDonald for Veranda, is perfection, especially the bar, backed by an elegant gray pagoda and flanked by faux cherry blossoms. Green and white is an eternally classic combination; I love this palette not only for a wedding, but for any sort of spring or summer gathering.
images: The Greystone House Gala featured in Veranda. Photography by Reed Davis.
Designed around the idea of “golden glow,” Mimi and Clarke’s winter wedding was a bright light last February. From the long stemmed hurricanes, embellished with gilded poet’s laurel that maids carried during the ceremony in place of traditional bouquets; to the Rosa Clara beaded wedding gown Mimi wore; to their grand entrance into the Rotunda at the Jefferson to 300 adoring friends and family; to their getaway in their treasured 1979 Volkswagen Westfalia van, Mimi and Clarke’s wedding was so classically elegant but very fresh and original. We feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. Thank you to all of the people who expertly brought Mimi and Clarke’s ideas to life, most especially Jeanette McKittrick Floral Design, La Tavola (who despite some of the worst winter weather in the middle of the country got our linens to us on time! thank you!), Jimmy Harris at The Jefferson Hotel, Jen Fariello Photography, Amanda Robinson at Sweet Fix, Ms. Mo of Mo’Soul (represented by Sam Hill), Jimmy Oliver Event Technologies, Parrot Design Studio, Ave 42, and, most especially, my team. Please rush and get a copy of Virginia Living Magazine to see this wedding and many others that took place in the Commonwealth.
1. Establish a budget.
2. Draft a guest list.
3. Book your church and celebrant.
4. Book a venue.
5. Draft the weekend agenda.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of being engaged and to immediately start venue (or dress!) shopping, especially if you’re engaged over the holidays and you’re with family who are equally excited to see plans take shape. Really, though, there is nothing better you can do to ensure smooth sailing until your wedding day than to sit down and get real about money before you step a toe inside a dress shop. A well defined budget will point you in all of the right directions, from which venues you consider, to what kind of reception you plan.